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The Beetle, with apologies to E.A. Poe

Once upon an evening dreary, while I pondered, sick and bleary Over many a student essay that could only make me snore, Suddenly there came a tapping, as of someone’s…

Antiques Roadshow comedy tour

The other night I watched my first-ever episode of the Antiques Roadshow, in the company of our youngest daughter, who is a big fan. After a painting that somebody bought…

Dinosaur moment

The phrase “senior moment” has always irritated me. It offends me that the inability to remember things becomes some sort of age-specific problem. I know plenty of people younger than…

Awareness awareness

If you drive, breathe, or wander through Walmart, you are aware of awareness ribbons. These symbolic loops of color adorn bumpers and lapels, and proclaim to the world that the…

S is for Spider

For as many years as I can remember, I have been afraid of spiders. I don’t like the ways they move, the aggressive angles of their legs, or their horrible,…

Humor can be risky business

Writing a humor column is risky business.  I learned this many years ago, when I accidentally (no, I tell a lie; I completely intentionally) insulted a large metropolitan area in…

Sept. 15: A day of insignificance

The Research Department, to no one’s surprise, has grown weary of the newsmongering profession, particularly the breathless sort that requires a dark suit and way too much makeup. Even avoiding…

Our next act of theft: a real walk-in closet

We are, Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, in the process of renovating our bathroom. This bathroom has made me insane since we stole it from our daughters, six…

Partly cloudy with a chance of volcanoes

The National Weather Service has issued a volcano watch for Southwest Virginia, southern West Virginia, and the mountainous parts of Tennessee and North Carolina. A volcano watch means conditions are…

The utility of cats

When the earthquake hit, I was sitting at my desk contemplating a timeline of American Puritanism. If there is an optimum time for the earth to move, this is not…

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